I'm excited to spend Christmas with my family in California this year! I have so much to be grateful for this year.
One thing I'm thrilled about is that on my last trip home there was a small problem with one of my planes and they gave me a $400 voucher for volunteering for the next flight. It's lovely that a 3 hour delay was able to provide for me to take this extra trip home :)
I'm grateful for being surrounded by wonderful, caring people here in El Salvador. I've been reminded of that as I've had car problems this month and I have had many people gladly helping me out.
I'm grateful that I get to meet a new girl that came to the women's shelter yesterday.
I'm grateful that there are people here who trust me enough to be a part of the amazing work being done at the orphanage and women's shelter. I'm still learning spanish and the nuances of the culture and this is a whole new population in which to practice therapy. And I've been handed a lot of responsibility and trust in order to be involved as I am.
I'm grateful that I am appreciated where I'm volunteering. At the school, orphanage, women's shelter and individuals I'm counseling - I'm always being thanked and reminded of how much they appreciate my help. It certainly helps me keep perspective on the tough days.
I'm grateful for my garden and that I haven't killed it! I love that it includes plants I couldn't have in the states and helps me relax after tough days of therapy.
I'm grateful that when I email and call people in the states, they almost always make time for me. I know that long distance is hard and time is valuable - and I really appreciate this!
I'm grateful that I have a supportive and understanding family even when I do crazy things like move to El Salvador.
I'm grateful for the family I live with in El Salvador, that they put up with my and my crazy Gringa ways :)
I'm grateful that I have so much to appreciate that I know this list is much shorter than what it should be.
And most of all, I'm grateful for a loving God who is in control of all and that (usually) prevents me from messing everything up!